GAIBANDHA: The Boro paddy farming target has exceeded in all the seven upazilas of the district during the current season with fixing the production target of 5, 43,000 tonnes of clean rice.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of the district had set a target to bring a total of 1,25,500 hectares of land under Boro cultivation this year. But the target has exceeded by 2350 hectares, reports BSS.DAE officials said 20,611 hectares of land were brought under Boro farming in Sadar upazila, 15,656 in Sadullapur upazila, 12, 642 in Palashbari upazila, 29,583 in Gobindaganj upazila, 25,867 in Sundarganj upazila, 13,612 in Shaghata upazila and 7529 in Fulchhari upazila of the district.
The transplanted seedlings of Boro paddy have already grown well and the paddy fields turned into greenish look.
The growers are so much busy in nurturing the paddy field with the hope of getting desired production of the crop this season.
In order to make the cultivation programme a grand success, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation distributed high quality Boro seed to the farmers at fair prices through its sale centers and approved dealers, office sources said.
Besides, different state run commercial banks including Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) are disbursing agri loans on easy terms to the poor and marginal farmers to help them cultivate the Boro paddy, said M. Sarwar Hossain, zonal manager of RAKUB.
In addition, DAE has been imparting training to the farmers on adopting modern technologies for paddy cultivation, crop management and production of quality seed, said an official.To ensure the production of the Boro paddy in the district this year,
Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) kept its electricity-run 505 deep tube wells fully functional, said executive engineer M. Azadul Islam.
Deputy director of DAE agriculturist Masudur Rahman said necessary measures have been taken for availability of fertilizers, insecticides and other agriculture inputs at the grassroots level during the current Boro season.